Even as most of the medium-level bottoms manufacturers are struggling to keep afloat, others are constructing new and green facilities for bottoms/trousers/denims. But what is it that motivates these players to enter into bottoms manufacturing, and how do they plan to face the challenges that have already created issues for others. Apparel Online tried to figure this out in discussion with four major RMG exporters in its ‘Cover Story’. Also covered in the magazine is review of the 16th edition of GARMENTECH Bangladesh 2017 fair which enthralled the industry with latest technology. After an eventful 2016, RMG sector is on the fast track to reach the target of US $ 50 billion. Since labour is also becoming a problem, companies are getting serious about automation and this fair saw it all; it has also proved that the technology destination of the RMG sector is to modernize, upgrade and move up the value chain. The country is also considered to be a viable alternate to China, resulting in buyers looking to source more from here. The event this year has also seen an overall increase of both participants as well as visitors. Team AO was at the fair to bring you the live coverage… Besides the above, our regular columns of Bangladesh Canvas, Retailer Current, Beyond BD, Resource Centre, Technology pages, Export Statistics, and Fashion pages make the issue worth reading.